Tuesday, October 04, 2011


If the interwebs are to be believed, it would seem THE BEST AMERICAN MYSTERY STORIES 2011, edited by Harlan Coben and Otto Penzler and featuring my story "The Hitter," is now available!

I can't tell you how honored I am to be included in such a stellar lineup. To share space with folks like Block, Rozan, Lansdale, Collins, and Spillane is a dream come true, and the coolest thing is, they're just the tip of the talent iceberg. This collection truly features some of the finest writing, genre or otherwise, going on today. And also me. (I mean "talent iceberg"? Geez. No wonder I'm not in THE BEST AMERICAN ANALOGIES 2011.)

But don't take my word for it. Not when you can read what Kirkus has to say. Here's a snippet:
“Diamond Alley,” Dennis McFadden’s quiet tale of small-town teens confronting the murder of a popular classmate, packs a far greater punch. Family stories are equally powerful. In Christopher Merkner’s chilling “Last Cottage,” a young couple tries to outlast a neighbor determined to oust them from their waterfront home. Across cultures, mothers protect. In Richard Lange’s “Baby Killer,” Blanca struggles with an acting-out granddaughter. And although embarrassed by her profession, a Chinese mother helps her detective daughter in S.J. Rozan’s “Chin Yong-Yun Takes a Case.” An absentee father’s return challenges a wife who’s moved on in Joe R. Lansdale’s “The Stars Are Falling.” But Chris F. Holm shows in “The Hitter” that sometimes the greatest threat is to the dads themselves.
Yup. I got name-dropped by Kirkus. Which is surreal to say the least. And not just a little bit happy-dance-inducing. (But, you know, in a manly way.)

If you're interested in buying THE BEST AMERICAN MYSTERY STORIES 2011, you can find it almost anywhere books are sold. Apparently, including Walmart (and no, I'm not going to provide the link.) Obviously, it's also available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and through your local indie via Indiebound.